Entrepreneurs are often guilty of living and breathing their business.
Burning the candle at both ends and wearing many hats all comes part and parcel with running your own business. As your business grows though, you will find it harder and harder to keep all those balls in the air, all by yourself, all of the time.
Here are 8 signs that it’s time for you to think about hiring a virtual assistant.
You’re spending all day doing admin – If you’re spending all your time on day-to-day admin and there’s no time left for revenue-generating activities, then it’s time to outsource the time-draining tasks so that you can focus on growing your business.
Big ideas and projects keep getting pushed back – If you’ve got lots of exciting projects sitting on the side lines but find that they keep getting pushed further down your to-do list then you’ve probably got too much on your plate. A virtual assistant can reduce your workload, giving you back some of the time you need to work on new projects.
Your health and wellbeing are suffering – If you’re constantly feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed by your workload then you’re at risk of burning out. Outsourcing some jobs to a virtual assistant can lighten your mental load and help you to work more efficiently, be more productive, and start enjoying your business again.
You can’t switch off – If you find yourself working late most nights or constantly answering business calls and emails when you’re meant to be spending time with your friends and family then something isn’t right with your work/life balance. Being able to switch off from work is important for maintaining healthy relationships with your loved ones and your mental wellbeing.
You don’t have the budget or space to employ someone – Employing a full-time member of staff is expensive. Firstly, there’s their wage, sick pay, holiday pay, and benefits. Then there’s recruitment fees and training costs. They will also require their own desk space and equipment, which means an increase in your overheads. Just because you don’t have the budget to employ someone full-time though doesn’t mean you can’t still get the support you need. A virtual personal assistant can be hired at one simple cost, either for a set number of hours each week or month, or on an ad-hoc basis as and when you need and can afford them.
You don’t have the specialist skills you need – If you or your team are lacking specialist skills in areas like social media, marketing, and web development then it may be preventing or slowing your business’ growth. If you don’t currently have the budget to employ an experienced marketer, then hiring a specialist virtual assistant is a cost-effective way of receiving help and advice from someone qualified and experienced.
Your business isn’t growing – If you’re working all the hours under the sun but your business seems to be standing still, it could be time to call in some help. A virtual assistant can take on some of your most time-consuming tasks to give you more time to work on growing your business. Alternatively, you could hire a virtual assistant with specialist skills to help advise and support you with marketing and growing your business.